This TTM adventure that I started a couple weeks ago has been amazing. I have actually been getting signed cards back from former baseball players. I was a little skeptical at how this whole process would come into fruition. I wasn't sure if I would get anything in return.
My skepticism was totally wrong. I am naturally cynical. Being cynical is part of being a Dodger fan. At least a Dodger fan of my generation that missed some beast Dodger teams back in the day. For the record, I was born in 1983.
This is my favorite return so far. This is a signed Upper Deck Masterpieces card of Bobby Doerr. Doerr is a baseball legend. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986. He is also the oldest living Hall of Fame baseball player. His baseball reference page lists his age at 93.
Doerr was a great player for the Boston Red Sox between 1937-1951. There was a brief gap in his career due to military service during WWII. Doerr was still able to accumulate nice counting stats as a strong defensive second baseman. He hit 223 home runs and drove in 1247 RBIs.
I know new school stat geeks would scoff at me mentioning counting stats but, those stats do help you get enshrined in Cooperstown.
Here are some numbers that new school dudes love:
Career .823 OPS
Career OPS+ 115
Career OBP .362
Career WAR 47.7
Those are all great numbers for a second baseman.
His signature is also very great. He even added a HOF '86 inscription. Doerr was also nice enough to sign a couple index cards for me. I did not ask him to do so. The index cards were just there for card protection. But, Bobby Doerr is a cool dude and a baseball legend.
Thank you, Bobby!